Welcome to 3rd Grade!
Where Everyone is a STAR!
S.O.A.R. Folder (Take Home Folder)
S.O.A.R. stands for Student Organization, Accountability & Responsibility. Listed below you will find a description of each section in the S.O.A.R. Folder. Please read this carefully as we will be using the S.O.A.R. Folder all year long as a communication tool for home and school. Important papers will be kept in here as well as notes to and from school. Parent/guardian should sign the reading log each night and students are responsible for making sure the reading is completed. Be sure to look through this with your child EVERY night and return it to school EVERY morning.
Inside Front Pocket
Any work not completed at school will be placed in the pocket (and returned the next day completed).
Important notes will be placed in here too.
1st Sheet Protector
This is where your child’s Reading Log will be kept all year long. Your child must fill it out every night he/she reads.
2nd Sheet Protector
This will contain the bi-weekly Spelling List. Your child will be given their list on Mondays and take the test every other Friday.
A Password Sheet will also be included in this sheet protector.
Inside Back Pocket
Items that can remain at home will be placed in this pocket. It may be graded papers, notes from school, or other items. Please empty this pocket out every night!
School Wide Rules
S - Show Respect
O - Observe Safety
A - Accept Responsibility
R - Remain Positive
Behavioral expectations for each area of the school are posted so that all members of the school community follow the rules and help make our school a positive place to be.
If students are “caught” SOARing, they will receive a SOAR ticket which are collected and saved by your child. They are redeemed at each trimester for a prize/prizes! Students can earn SOAR tickets from any teacher or staff member in the building….We are all watching!!
As a class, we will discuss these expectations in more detail as needed.
Classroom Behavior Management
Class Dojo is a behavior management tool for the classroom. It connects teachers, parents and students. When parents connect to it, they can see how their child is working on a day-to-day basis. Each student has a profile- complete with their own avatar – to which teachers can assign positive and negative points (or 'dojos') throughout the day. Parents have logins so that they can view their child's behavior & achievements from home. Be watching for a note sent home about this.
Positive points will be converted into “play” money. At the end of each month, the children will shop at the “3rd Grade Store” where they can redeem their cash for items in the store!
Reading: Your child must read every night (minimum of 20 minutes) and record it in their Reading Log. Your child receives 1 Dojo point for completion of Log AND another point if Assignment Notebook is signed by parent.
- If your child is not completing their reading each night, he/she may need to stay in for recess and read then. You will also be notified by a note written in their assignment notebook.
- If your child isn’t finishing their daily work, it will be sent home as homework and expected to be completed and returned the next day.
- If your child is sick, they will have the same number of days to make-up their work that they were sick (example: 2 days sick = 2 days to make up the work) If the work is not turned in after that time period, the homework policy goes into effect.
Spelling Tests: Every other Friday (bi-weekly)
Language: DLR Quizzes are every Friday (bi-weekly)
~~Spelling Tests and DLR Quizzes are on a rotation cycle so they are not on the same Friday~~
Your child must read every night (minimum of 20 minutes) and record it in their Reading Log. Your child will also receive a Dojo point for this!
What is Accelerated Reader (AR)?
Your child will participate in the Accelerated Reader program. Students may read books from home, the library, or school and then take a short comprehension quiz on the classroom computer to earn points, which will go towards their reading goal. Most books will have a quiz, however, there are some titles that do not have an AR quiz. You may go to www.arbookfind.com anytime to look up a book title. It will tell you the AR level and how many AR points the book is worth. Your student MUST choose books within their reading level and pass the quiz with an 80% or better to receive credit for the book.
* EACH semester your child will have an individual AR point goal. Your student will then read books, take the quizzes and earn points toward their AR Goal. You will receive your students AR goal at the beginning of each semester. You may also access your student’s AR password and see their quizzes from home.
What’s a Reading Log?
Your child will have a Reading Log in their SOAR folder. Your child must read for a minimum of 20 minutes each night. Please be sure your child reads books at his/her reading level– this is very important. Your child can read to self or read out loud to an adult. Students should fill out the log and parents should verify that their child read by signing their Assignment Notebook. New Reading Logs will be sent home each month.
Life Cycles and Traits, Ecosystems, Weather & Climate, and STEM.
Geography, World History and American History.
Reading and Language Arts:
Units of Study in Reading and Writing follow a Workshop Model in which students will be engaged everyday in a mini-lesson, independent reading, writing time, conferring/small group work, extension of the mini-lesson and sharing time. I will be conducting running records of students throughout the year which will help to determine the independent reading level of each student. Students will be required to read a minimum of 20 minutes every night followed up with filling out a Student Reading Log. Weekly language skills are taught through D.L.R. (Daily Language Review) and ending the week with a D.L.R. Quiz bi-weekly on Friday’s of those skills studied. Spelling words will come home on Mondays with tests bi-weekly on Friday’s.
Unit 1 & 2: Multiplication and Division
Unit 3: Measurement, Time & Graphs
Unit 4: Multi-digit Addition & Subtractions
Unit 5: Write Equations to Solve Word Problems
Unit 6: Polygons, Perimeter, Area
Unit 7: Fractions.
*It is imperative that the multiplication and division facts are mastered by the end of 3rd grade. Timed tests will be Mondays and Wednesdays.
Progress Monitoring & Assessment
Classroom work, Projects, Quizzes, Unit Tests, DLR Quizzes
Fast Bridge (Reading & Math)
Fast Bridge is a web-based assessment that provides the framework for Response to Intervention (RtI) and multi-tiered instruction. It is another way we assess and monitor student growth in Reading and Math.
MAP Testing (Reading & Math)
This test will be given three times, in the Fall, Winter, and again in the Spring. The purpose is to monitor student growth in Reading and Math. The results are used to assess student achievement, assess instruction, modify curriculum and may be used for RtI placement.
F & P Testing (Reading)
Individual assessment administered in the Fall, Winter and Spring. This assessment measures reading fluency as well as reading comprehension. The results are used to assess student achievement, assess instruction, modify curriculum and may be used for RtI placement. This also places a child at their independent reading level.
RtI stands for Response to Intervention. “Comprehensive RTI implementation will contribute to more meaningful identification of learning and behavioral problems, improve instructional quality, provide all students with the best opportunities to succeed in school, and assist with the identification of learning disabilities and other disabilities.” (from National Center on Response to Intervention) If you have any questions on what RtI is and how Wheatland is implementing strategies in RtI please do not hesitate to ask.
Birthdays are special days that come only once a year, so we try to make them special! Students are allowed to bring in a treat for their homeroom class. Also, if you are having a party and send invitations to be passed out at school, be sure to invite ALL the girls of their homeroom if a girl’s party, or ALL the boy’s if it is a boy’s party. Nobody likes to be left out and feeling are hurt. Otherwise, you may mail them out from home for specific children. Thank you very much :)
Breakfast & Afternoon Snack
Breakfast at school is served at 7:30 a.m. – 7:50 a.m. in the cafeteria. Children that ride the bus will pick-up breakfast after they get off the bus and eat in the classroom. There will be a snack time in the afternoon. We encourage healthy snacks like fruit, granola bars, pretzels, veggies, etc. Children are also welcome to bring a bottle of water to school. Please, NO SODA, Kool-Aid or juice.
The Assignment Notebook is the main means of communication between home and school. A parent or other adult must sign it EVERY NIGHT to verify that notes are read and homework is complete. This is also a good place for you to jot down a quick note at the bottom of the page if you need to inform us of something. We check it every morning. Their SOAR Folder (Take Home Folder) will also have important notes and daily work in it for you to review.
A Newsletter will be sent home monthly. It informs you with what your child is learning about, important dates and events happening at school.
Class Dojo informs you daily on your child’s behavior and achievements. I will also be posting pictures of class activities and fun so be watching and make sure to join!
Follow us on Twitter! We post a lot of pictures of the children learning, attending assemblies and other fun school-wide events on Twitter! #wcsflight
School Website: www.wheatland.k12.wi.us
IT’S GOING TO BE A GREAT YEAR!
Sign & Return
I have read through the classroom booklet with my child.
Please cut or tear out this page and return to homeroom teacher~ thanks!